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Post by chimes » Sat Oct 20, 2007 18:07

stolenwine wrote:i didn't ignore that ON PURPOSE! i just didn't see it until today.
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Post by crystalball » Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:23

I was listening to bits from Realistes yesterday and for the first time it occurred to me just how much that album sounds like Biff Bang Pow!. I mean, there is the cover of 'She Never Understood' on it, but some of the other songs have that same kind of feel to them as, say, an album like The Girl Who Runs The Beat Hotel. The longing, despair but ultimate optimism of the lyrics, the Sixties references in the melodies, the straightforwardness of the singing... Can anyone else see this or have I made it up?
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Post by humblebee » Wed Nov 07, 2007 12:29

The production is dead different, but I can totally see the sixties thing, yeah.

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Post by gofelt » Wed Nov 07, 2007 15:07

crystalball wrote:I was listening to bits from Realistes yesterday and for the first time it occurred to me just how much that album sounds like Biff Bang Pow!. I mean, there is the cover of 'She Never Understood' on it, but some of the other songs have that same kind of feel to them as, say, an album like The Girl Who Runs The Beat Hotel. The longing, despair but ultimate optimism of the lyrics, the Sixties references in the melodies, the straightforwardness of the singing... Can anyone else see this or have I made it up?
I love this record. This is one of the best indiepop albums ever made. Actually I would call it, THE quintessential British indiepop record.

The interplay between David's and Rachel’s singing is unique. Whenever I listen to this record (which is almost every day on my way to work) what always crosses my mind, is black and white shots of sixties French films. I don’t know why is that-possibly because of its title and brilliant cover and the songs of flawless beauty or because of David’s love to anything that’s Parisian and French. Now that I am thinking of it, It would do the best soundrack for Godard's Bande à part...

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Post by Pop Kid » Tue Nov 13, 2007 13:24

Comet Gain related:

Velocette have a myspace page here: http://www.myspace.com/velocettemusic

I must go back and listen to that album - wasn't it a bit poo?

God, I fucking loved Sarah Bleach though.

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Post by michael » Tue Nov 27, 2007 07:06

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I remember seeing a poster for the show at the Penny Black downstairs at Rough Trade, and I remember his Walken in a Winter Wonderland joke, with cut out paper mask. Upstairs at the Garage, after the Velocette split, it was drunk and shambolic and I wondered if that might be it. I feel a bit stupid for thinking that now.

The only other time I've seen them was at the Betsy Trotwood, in September 2004. I think maybe those songs became City Fallen Leaves.

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Post by darvé » Tue Nov 27, 2007 09:38

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Upstairs at the Garage, after the Velocette split, it was drunk and shambolic and I wondered if that might be it. I feel a bit stupid for thinking that now.
Was that maybe, late 2001? Ballboy were supporting, it was probably the 2nd best time i saw them. They played Strength and Rachel hardly knew any of the words, true to form, Feck was cuttingly paralytic and verging completely on the right side of his genius showman self.

I randomly saw him in London a few days later and struck up a rather starstruck conversation. He apologised for being so shit that night, they almost tried to refund everyone the ticket money on the way out but there really was no need.

Wonderful night.

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Post by michael » Thu Nov 29, 2007 07:59

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It was May 1997 I think. Rachel was singing and there was a new line up. I don't remember them playing anything off Casino Classics, which was the only record I'd heard at the time. A band called The Family Way supported.

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Post by Pop Kid » Fri Feb 15, 2008 21:00

Shittin' hell. I'm going.

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Post by Elpresidente » Sun Feb 17, 2008 14:44

crystalball wrote:I saw them live in London, upstairs at the Penny Black in Farringdon, in 1996, when Sarah, Jax and Sam were still in the band. It was my first ever indiepop gig in this country and there were only about 30 people there, despite the relative success of 'Hideaway'. They completely blew me away - it was like going through a carwash or something. They played beautifully and had such energy and passion, you just wanted them to go on forever. I'll never forget that show.
i was at that gig too, oddly enough. i didn't know anyone so i attempted to make conversation with a man i'd seen at other london indie gigs until i realised he was wearing a large prosthetic leather rats tail. after that i kept myself to myself.

was anyone else there? is this gig our equivalent of the sex pistols at manchester free trade hall? i started my label the same year.
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Post by gofelt » Sun Feb 17, 2008 15:38

Elpresidente wrote:
crystalball wrote:I saw them live in London, upstairs at the Penny Black in Farringdon, in 1996, when Sarah, Jax and Sam were still in the band. It was my first ever indiepop gig in this country and there were only about 30 people there, despite the relative success of 'Hideaway'. They completely blew me away - it was like going through a carwash or something. They played beautifully and had such energy and passion, you just wanted them to go on forever. I'll never forget that show.
i was at that gig too, oddly enough. i didn't know anyone so i attempted to make conversation with a man i'd seen at other london indie gigs until i realised he was wearing a large prosthetic leather rats tail. after that i kept myself to myself.

was anyone else there? is this gig our equivalent of the sex pistols at manchester free trade hall? i started my label the same year.
Hi Sean, it's Christos. I was there too! That was an amazing gig. I remember that guy with the large leather tail too. I was standing right next to him that night. I was quite impressed by his large tail... I used to see him at Track & Field's gigs all the time. Despite his rather eccentric looks he seemed like a very nice guy. I don't remember him ever speaking to anyone at these gigs though. He used to take lots of photos of the bands and put them up on a lovely website. I wish I could remember the url. I saw him again (after so many years) at Rose Melberg + Harvey Williams gig at Luminaire last August.
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Post by darvé » Sun Feb 17, 2008 15:55

Ah, Rattail Jim (or any variation of) he was somewhat of a legend in the mid 90's fanzine scene, his (outdated) main site is here - http://home.freeuk.net/rattail2/ - but it seems to be down now, theres also a tribute/fan site somewhere but i can't seem to find that right now.

Was he at the Harvey Williams/Rose Melberg show? i don't recall seeing him, but he hasnt had his tail on for years..

Pink Kross wrote 'I wish i had a tail' about him.. In fact, i think that was the first time i ever saw him, sometime circa summer '96 at a Pink Kross show at the Monarch.

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Post by Trev » Sun Feb 17, 2008 16:15

I always used to rattail at the ROTA gigs in early 2000/2001/2002. Still see him around from time to time - but can't recall see him at the Rose Mellberg gig.
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Post by alexie » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:15

Is it wrong to like Velocette more than Comet Gain?

I think I need to devote more time to Comet Gain. So Realistes is the album I really should be listening to?

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Post by RITH » Mon Feb 18, 2008 11:30

alexie wrote:I think I need to devote more time to Comet Gain. So Realistes is the album I really should be listening to?
That, or Casino Classics I'd say.

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Post by michael » Tue Feb 19, 2008 06:43

Could someone post a setlist for this please?

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Post by shaved head thrills » Tue Feb 19, 2008 07:48

alexie wrote:Is it wrong to like Velocette more than Comet Gain?

I think I need to devote more time to Comet Gain. So Realistes is the album I really should be listening to?
definitely tigertown pictures or sneaky
or, better yet, the 'say yes to international socialism' ep... probably my favorite thing of theres..
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Post by darvé » Tue Feb 19, 2008 13:15

shaved head thrills wrote:
alexie wrote:Is it wrong to like Velocette more than Comet Gain?

I think I need to devote more time to Comet Gain. So Realistes is the album I really should be listening to?
or, better yet, the 'say yes to international socialism' ep... probably my favorite thing of theres..
That was the first Comet Gain record i heard, specifically, Hideaway which an ex put on a mixtape. It's a fine place to start. esp as Sarah was still in the band then.

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Post by darvé » Tue Feb 26, 2008 23:06

michael wrote:
Could someone post a setlist for this please?

Well, just got in, had to rush off straight after as we had to leave the TV on to tape Masterchef!

Setlist was something like (in no particular order)

Fists in the Pocket
I close my eyes to think of God
Realistes
Fingernailed for you
Saturday Night Facts of Life
Why i try to look so bad
Raspberries
.. and i think 3 more that i didnt recognise.. new songs maybe.

Anyway, i'm sure i wont be the first to post this, but...


There was no Rachel.. Just David, John and Kaye, with Gary from the Cribs on drums. It was all very ramshackle and perhaps too under rehearsed, it was still great, but there was something lacking.

I hope she makes the trip to Ripley in July.
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